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Between 1967 and 1976 the ideas and practices of open education spread rapidly across the United States Even today the idea of open education is still growing in popularity Since it was just beginning to gain popularity in 1967 parents and teachers swarmed to workshops in hopes of better understanding the open concept Many schools were switching over to an open philosophy News of the successful educational style fanned the flames of many disbelievers Many questions still remained about open education What did children do What did teachers doMuch earlier on there was an effort to prevent the progression of open education During the 1920 through 30s private schools were set up to maintain a teachers power and keep kids as her pupils People wanted a new model of education and the open school model slowly replaced it In the 60s there was a critical push for open education The American population had reached a higher level of consciousness about our social and educational systemYet one question left people doubtful of open education How can you prove that open education works People were worried about educational change because it could be devastating and expensive It was never proven that open education worked but more money was spent on workshops teaching methods and curricula to create more acceptance of open education The word was also debated for a long time because of the many different meanings Was it opportunity Relationships Sharing It was unknown Finally the word was decided apon--open Open was trendy for the times As Lydia A H Smith from Simmons College wrote Open education is an approach to education that is open to change As I have gone through open education I have noticed differences in teachers Teachers are not the typical drone model Open education dropped the workbooks and lecture style learning and picked up discussion and hands-on developmental learning An idea following this change in classroom materials and teaching styles was
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